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Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest

 
 
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By Tom Fuchs, May 7, 2010
1. Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest Marker
Inscription. On June 30, 1960 African Americans Gwendolyn Greene (Britt), William Griffin, Michael Proctor, Marvous Saunders and Cecil Washington Jr. were arrested when they attempted to ride Glen Echo Park's Dentzel Carousel and were charged with trespassing on private property. Part of a college-based civil rights group called the Non-violent Action Group (N. A. G.), the five sit-in demonstrators were protesting the long-standing segregation policies of the privately-owned amusement park.

A summer-long picketing campaign followed the arrests. The campaign involved citizens of all ages and backgrounds. The neighboring community of Bannockburn joined the picketing and provided particularly strong support. The protestors achieved success when the park opened on a fully-integrated basis on March 31, 1961.
 
Erected 2008 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 57.974′ N, 77° 8.318′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from MacArthur Boulevard 0.2 miles south of Goldsboro Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1921 (here, next to this marker);
Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, May 7, 2010
2. Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest Marker
Glen Echo From Past to Present (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 1921 (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo’s Art Deco Arcade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roller Coasters of Glen Echo Amusement Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Changing Face of Glen Echo (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo Park’s Crystal Pool (within shouting distance of this marker); c. 1926 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEntertainment
 
Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
3. Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,011 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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